Two of Eastern Ontario most prominent golfers will be representing Canada next month in Miami, Florida.
Augusta James of Bath, Ontario and Brooke Henderson of Smiths Fall will make up the female portion of Team Canada at the 2013 Copa de las Aemricas on January 3-6th at the Doral Resort & Spa.
The duo were two-thirds of the Canadian Squad at the World Amateur Team Championships earlier this Fall in Turkey.
James, 19, is a member of Team Canada’s National Squad and a sophomore at North Carolina State University, was the top Canadian at the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, finishing tied for 12th individually. She finished tied for second at the 2012 Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship and also reached the Round of 16 at the 2012 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship. James, last season’s Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Freshman of the Year, has posted two top-20 finishes in three starts for the Wolfpack thus far this season. She is the 108th ranked Women’s Amateur golfer in the world.
Henderson, just 15, is a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, and most recently posted a top-20 individual finish at the 2012 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. She is the reigning Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship and Ontario Junior Girls Championship titleholder, and was the youngest competitor ever to play in the CN Canadian Women’s Open in August. She earned her way into the LPGA event with a victory at a CN Canadian Women’s Tour event, becoming the youngest player ever (male or female) to win a professional golf tournament (14 years, 9 months, 3 days). She is currently ranked 34th in the World among Women’s Amateur golfers.
A biennial team event, the Copa de las Americas is an amateur team competition for countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. There are three 72-hole competitions – men’s, women’s and overall – with 18 holes played on each of the four days.
This will be the fifth playing of the Copa de las Americas, and the first time the championship will be conducted in the United States.
The players named to the men’s team are Albin Choi, 20, of Toronto and Corey Conners, 20, of Listowel, Ont.
Team Canada’s Men’s Squad Assistant Coach Robert Ratcliffe will accompany the players to Florida
Canada has captured the overall championship at the Copa de las Americas on two occasions, earning back-to-back overall titles at the inaugural event in 2003 in Rio Grande, P.R. and again in 2005 in Nuevo Vallarta, Mex.